Posts Tagged ‘alabama’

Mammaw’s One-room Schoolhouse

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Mammaw’s one-room schoolhouse in China Grove, Alabama.

To commemorate the start of another schoolyear,  I share a photo of my mammaw’s one-room schoolhouse class.

To the naked-eye it may be difficult to find my grandmother. Eula Bae Barfoot is standing in the middle of the back row. Like everyone else in the photo, she wasn’t saying “cheese.”

Mammaw was born on February 26, 1896 to Leander and Corinthia Argin (Anderson) Barfoot.  The photo was taken while she was living in Continue reading


I Gave My Bike a Girl’s Name

I don’t know why two boys would name their bikes, but we did. My brother named his bike “Timothy.” His bike was red, much like all of his favorite stuff including his hair, shag carpet and the truck he drives today. Where did he get the name “Timothy?” I don’t know. Perhaps, his most recent Sunday School lesson was on Timothy. Whatever his reason, at least he gave his bike a masculine name. I, however, went with a decidedly more feminine name.

My bike was gold with a banana seat and sissy bars. I took it everywhere. I rode it to school, to the park, to football & baseball practice, and—if my mom would allow it—to the corner convenience store for an Icee.  I hopped curbs and jumped off ramps with this bike.  Riding this bike was, at times, my favorite childhood activity. But why did I give my bike a girl’s name? Continue reading

The Day a Black Man Came to Our Church

This is a story taken from my memory.  The story happened over 30 years ago when I was a young teen or preteen. I tell it as I remember it. Continue reading